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College Football Playoff Rankings: Week 12

Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer scores a touchdown on a 2-yard against Pitt in the fourth quarter at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. Notre Dame won, 42-30. (Matt Freed/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS)

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

November 17, 2015

Editor's note: Each week, The Daily Illini staffers will offer up their take on the teams that should make it into the College Football Playoff.Declan Harty, managing editor1. Clemson (10-0)The Tigers continued their reign of power in college football with a 37-27 win over Syracuse. With only Wake Fores...

Fantasy Doctor: Waiver-wire wonders and blunders

The Miami Dolphins defense fails to stop Buffalo Bills' Karlos Williams as he scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS)

By Joey Figueroa

November 11, 2015

Well, here’s where my fantasy season falls apart.Your beloved fantasy doctor finally lost in two of his three leagues this past week, and with some more key injuries, the loss column may be my new best friend.Not a week has gone by throughout this NFL season without a few major injuries or some depth ...

Introducing your next athletic director: Kevin McCarthy

Introducing your next athletic director: Kevin McCarthy

By Kevin McCarthy

November 10, 2015

Despite being cleared of wrongdoing, former Athletic Director Mike Thomas had about a snowball’s chance in hell at surviving the report about the allegations surrounding Illini athletics.Whoever follows Thomas as AD will certainly start with their back against the wall. Except the wall will be on fire, ...

Spartans’ defeat should serve as a warning to playoff contenders

Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook runs for a first down against Indiana during the first half on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich. (Kirthmon F. Dozier/Detroit Free Press/TNS)

By Dan Escalona

November 10, 2015

Michigan State’s run of luck — and now its chance of playoff — was cruelly extinguished Saturday in Nebraska.No longer the beneficiary of the good luck that had befallen them against Michigan, the Spartans were on the raw end of a controversial call in their stunning loss to the Cornhuske...

A change in culture: Mike Thomas and where Illinois athletics goes from here

A change in culture: Mike Thomas and where Illinois athletics goes from here

By Peter Bailey-Wells

November 9, 2015

Mike Thomas was inevitably going to get fired.It was simply a matter of when, not if. Even despite Thomas’ relative innocence in relation to the abusive actions of Tim Beckman — as described in Franczek Radelet’s report — interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson dismissed him from the University....

The Daily Illini's College Football Playoff picks

Clemson running back Wayne Gallman (9) scores on a 3-yard touchdown run during the second half against North Carolina State at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. Clemson won, 56-41. (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS)

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

November 9, 2015

Editor's note: Each week, The Daily Illini staffers will offer up their take on the teams that should make it into the College Football Playoff. Peter Bailey-Wells, sports editor1. Ohio State (9-0)The Buckeyes are the undefeated defending champions. Regardless of strength of schedule, they're going to b...

Fantasy Doctor: I must be doing something right, maybe

By Joey Figueroa

November 4, 2015

Look, I try not to be repetitive in these columns. But with another week in the NFL crossed off the calendar, your beloved Fantasy Doctor has gone 3-0 across three leagues yet again.I’m 12-0 over the last month and it’s beginning to scare me. Is this all some sick set-up for me to lose every fanta...

As Illini hoops season nears, some preseason takeaways can prove valuable

As Illini hoops season nears, some preseason takeaways can prove valuable

By Alex Roux

November 3, 2015

State Farm Center is coming along.One month away from its almost-but-not-totally-finished grand opening for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge between Illinois and Notre Dame, shiny new facades and a retreat of construction equipment has the home of Illini hoops looking like an actual arena again.At least fo...

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